The Plattduetsche was originally founded as a support system and social hall for German immigrants. While adapting to life in America, it was important for them to remember their roots as well as celebrate and pass on their heritage and customs to newer generations growing up here. Today, we still uphold those traditions by housing a large number of German heritage clubs and organizations as listed below:
1. Otterndorfer Buelkauer Club- this social club is a not-for-profit group that stems from two municipalities in northern Germany; Buelkau and Otterndorf. They meet to celebrate their German heritage and promote German-American relationships.
2. Brooklyn Schuetzen Corps.– This club is not-for-profit and is a German/American shooting club that originated in Brooklyn, NY. They promote their German-American heritage by participating in many events and activities in and around the tri-state area.
3. Brooklyn Schuetzen Damen- is the not-for-profit sister club of the Brooklyn Schuetzen Corps.
4. Cadenberger Verein- a not-for-profit club that celebrates the German-American heritage and is made up of members from the municipality of Cadenberg, Germany.
5. German-American Cultural Club- a not-for-profit club established to organize and produce German-American cultural events throughout Long Island such as German-American night at Eisenhower Park and the German-American flag raising in Mineola. The club is also a contributor the German-American Day Parade in Manhattan.
6. Original Schuhplattler Vv Enzian – this not-for-profit organization is a group German/Bavarian-speaking immigrants that came together for the purpose of fostering the traditions and culture of their former homeland through music and dance as well as blending with new ones from America.
7. Lamstedter Damen Circle – a not-for-profit women’s club established in the municipality of Lamstedt, located in the district of Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany- continuing to celebrate the heritage of the German-American community.
8. Foehrer Musik Freunde– a not-for-profit brass ensemble that cultivates the German/American heritage through music.
9. New Generation German-American Club- a not-for-profit club established in Franklin Square to maintain and cultivate the German-American heritage for the younger generations.
10. New York Hota Soccer Club 1922 Inc.– a not-for-profit club established to develop, enhance and promote the skills and abilities of talented young soccer players through the provision of quality training by a squad of top-quality coaches. In addition to developing individual skills, emphasis is also placed on teamwork, sportsmanship, respect for others and loyalty to the club and its members.
11. Treffpunkt Berlin- a not-for-profit club organized for social purposes to create a meeting area for German-Americans from the capital of Germany – Berlin.
12. Sieverner Plattduetsche Club– a not-for-profit good and welfare club established in Brooklyn, NY with members originating from the town of Sievern in Germany.
13. Foehrer & Amrumer K.-U. Verein- this social group, which is not-for-profit, began as a Ladies Club committed to fund raising and charitable work. Today, the members, both female and male, hail from the area know as Amrumn as well as the tri-state area.
14. Bederkesa’er Club- this social club consists of natives of Bederkase, Germany and is a not-for-profit.
15. Grand Council of Steuben Association – This not-for-profit group is comprised of the German-Americans serving on the NYPD, FDNY, PAPD, NCPD, SCPD, Rockland County PD, N.Y.S. Court Officers and U.S. Customs & Border Protection.
16. Cuxhavener K.-U. Verein- a not-for-profit club that celebrates the German-American heritage established in the independent town of Cuxhaven, located in the Lower Saxony, Germany.
17. Koelsche Funke Rut-Wiess– a not-for-profit organization established to assist in preserving the German traditions of celebrating Karneval, known here as Mardi Gras and celebrated all over Europe and the Americas.
18. GTVd Gemuetlichen Enzianer– this not-for-profit group was founded in 1931 by a group of German immigrants in New York City who sought to uphold the traditions, dance (Schuhplattler) and costumes of Bavaria (Germany) and Tyrol (Austria). Today, the club is 100+ German-American members strong with the fourth generation of members beginning to dance.
19. Die Norddeutschen Brueder- this not-for-profit group represents the brotherhood from the northern regions of Germany. It celebrates the heritage and complements relationships of the German-American community.
20. Bremervoerder Chorus- This choral group consists of natives from the municipality of Bremoverde in Germany and celebrates German musical culture. This club is not-for-profit.
21. G.T.E.V. Schlierachtaler Stamm– The G.T.E.V Schlierachtaler Stamm is a non-profit cultural arts and educational institution established in 1928, which is primarily supported by donations received from its membership and from corporate and private benefactors. The mission of the G.T.E.V. Schlierachtaler Stamm is to preserve and promote Bavarian Folkloric traditions through Art, Dance, Music, and German Language. Donations are used to support the primary mission and community projects of the organization.